We’re all spending a lot of our time at home at the moment. If you’re missing going out to the movies, you can recreate the cinema at home. A home cinema isn’t just for the mega-rich. There are options for all kinds of budgets and homes if you’re smart with the design. Here are some ideas for different homes for making room for a home cinema.
Use Your Living Room
If you don’t have an empty room that you could convert into a home cinema, you can use out your living room. If you have enough spare cash, buy yourself some state-of-the-art equipment. You’ll need at least a great TV and speakers. Surround sound is a good investment if you plan to watch a lot of movies. Make sure you also have fast, reliable WiFi so you get the best picture quality that you can if you’re streaming a movie.
Build a Den
If you do have a spare room, especially a room like a converted basement, you can go for the classic home cinema design. Make yourself media room or man cave, with a large TV, a wet bar, comfy recliners, or a bar. Show off collections like sports or movie memorabilia.
Make the Family Room Do Double Duty
If you’re on a stricter budget, you can save some money by using your family room as a home cinema. Mount a flat-screen TV and a soundbar on the wall. Add lots of storage, so when the children are in bed, you can put away all their clutter and switch the room into a cinema for the adults.
Embrace the Built-In
One of the difficulties of making a media room or home cinema is the number of wires needed. If you still want the room to look sleek, it can be difficult to do when you have cables trailing all over the room. Cover them up by using built-in furniture. You can use custom cabinetry to conceal wires, DVD storage, and the other less visually pleasing parts of having a cinema room.
Convert a Space You’re Not Using
If you’re lucky enough to have a usable basement or a summer house that you aren’t using for anything, both are ideal for being turned into a home cinema. Put in a flat-screen TV and a Soundsystem. For extra comfort, use a daybed, not a sofa. If you’re using a room not as connected to the rest of the house, you can get a little more quirky with the decoration. Paint the room black, hang large posters, or light it up with neons.
Buy a Projector
For the true cinema experience, you need a projector. There are lots of good options on the market for use in the home to suit various budgets. You can use a projector as part of a permanent set-up, or use it to project onto a collapsible screen, a white wall, or even a sheet. Set up a cinema anywhere in the house or even the garden.